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Venice Whaler

10 W. Washington Blvd. (Speedway) Send to Phone
310-821-8737 | Menu
If you have recently been to the Venice Whaler, you know you will have a good meal and drinks. If you haven't, it will be a gourmet surprise.


Open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

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Venice Whaler, Venice, CA

Venice Whaler Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk right by the pier, Venice Whaler has attracted aficionados since 1944. In 2014, restaurateur Michael Dobson partnered with chef Nick Liberato to breathe new life into this iconic restaurant/bar, and they have since raised the standard for eating in a part of town known for its beach atmosphere. Downstairs is a bar plus tables and chairs, while the upstairs seating features unobstructed views of the pier and the coast.

Likes: the location right-off the Venice boardwalk; PEI mussels in a kaffir lime cream.
Dislikes: the noise level; so busy, the line can be long --- but worth the wait.

Food & Drinks: Chef goes to the farmers market four times a week to select fresh and seasonal produce to create his casual, yet quite thoughtful and tasty, menu. Satisfying beach eats like coconut shrimp and fish tacos (grilled or beer battered cod) appear alongside more refined fare such as steak tartare with quail eggs and a chicken liver pâté tartine. Enjoy the New England clam chowder on its own or in a poutine-style preparation of fries smothered in chowder and bacon. With the ocean so close by, one can’t help but steer towards seafood options like the PEI mussels in a kaffir lime cream sparked with fennel pollen. Another must-have dish is the salmon, perfectly cooked and presented on a cedar-smoked plank with kalamata olives and mixed greens. The classic burger is a staple on the menu, which also lists a few pizzas (BBQ chicken, Hawaiian, etc). For a sweet tooth, consider Key lime pie and chocolate pot de crème. An intense cocktail program and fourteen beers on draft have elevated Venice Whaler’s identity as a bar, but the restaurant has also built a reputation as a hidden gem on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Don’t forget to take advantage of the takeaway menu and happy hour (Mon.-Thurs. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-1 a.m.). Chef Liberato’s cuisine is the illustration of the up rise of the Los Angeles food scene.

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